One of Perth’s biggest healthcare construction projects has been significantly expanded in scope and given a new name following the release of reconfigured floor plans.
Announcing the expansion on Monday, Western Australian premier Colin Barnett says the floor plan for the new children’s hospital in Perth had been reconfigured to deliver an extra surgical ward with 24 extra beds – a move he says is in response to an upward revision in the number of paediatric beds required throughout the city by 2021.
Upon its opening in 2015, the hospital is set to replace the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children in Subiaco as the state’s main hospital for children and is slated to be built within the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre site (which also hosts the Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital) at Nedlands.
In a statement, Barnett said the new $1.2 billion hospital will serve as a hub for complex and critical paediatric cases in the state and will feature a clinical and research area, Emergency Department and Family Resource Centre which are 52 per cent bigger, 88 per cent bigger and three times the size compared to the current hospital, respectively.
The Premier also announced that the new hospital would be named Perth Children’s Hospital - the original name of the children’s hospital when it opened in 2009, and added that three out of four of the beds in the new hospital would be single rooms.
“PCH will be one of the best paediatric hospitals in the world,” Barnett said. “It will combine leading-edge technology and medical equipment and family friendly design, including big recreation areas for patients and their siblings, bedside accommodation for families and family resource lounges.”
Announced in 2008, site preparation for the new hospital began in January 2012, while above-ground construction started late last year and internal fit-out and service works have been in progress this year.
The hospital is being built by John Holland, which recently completed the Albany Health Campus (also in WA) and previously built the Alfred Intensive Care Unit in Victoria, the Bathurst Base Hospital in New South Wales and the Greenslopes Private Hospital in Brisbane.
John Holland is also working on a $270 million redevelopment of the Joondalup Health Campus in Perth, which along with the new children’s hospital is part of a $7 billion healthcare building program currently underway in the state.
Western Australian Health Minister Kim Hames says the extra ward will add $35 million to construction costs but will take the overall number of paediatric beds in the city and surrounding suburbs to just over 400 by 2021 – just enough to meet revised demand forecasts of 399 beds at that time.
Barnett confirmed on Monday the new hospital remains on schedule and will be finished within budget by 2015.